Monthly Archives: November 2010

Why I wear my poppy with pride

I know there’s been a lot of toing and froing over poppy wearing recently, so I just wanted to add my tuppenceworth and say why I, as a committed pacifist, make darned sure I’m wearing a (red) poppy every year.

Put simply, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana).

(photo by Dave Crosby)

I’ve heard many people saying they will not wear a poppy because it ‘glorifies war’, but, correct me if I’m wrong, aren’t the words most commonly associated with Rememberance Day (clue’s in the name) “Lest we forget”? Lest we forget the horror, the pain, the bloodshed and the ultimate futility of sending our youth into battle, that’s why I wear a poppy.
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